I came across some interesting information online about the author of a book I had been reading — Andrew Murray. The book is Waiting On God, and it’s really outstanding. But what caught my eye was his use of my Word of the Year — “cast.”
In a letter to his parents, [Andrew] Murray wrote, “Your son has been born again…I have cast myself on Christ. –Christianity Today, online bio for Andrew Murray
This “casting of the self” became Murray’s life theme. Sixty years of ministry in the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa, more than 200 books and tracts on Christian spirituality and ministry, extensive social work and the founding of educational institutions–all those were outward signs of the inward grace that Murray experienced by continually casting himself on Christ. –Ibid
See the mother bird come and stir up her nest, and with her beak push the timid birds over the precipice. See how they flutter and fall and sink toward the depth. She now how she “fluttereth over her young, spreading abroad her wings, taketh them, bearing them on her wings (Deut. 32:11),” so, as they ride upon her wings, brings them to a place of safety. And so, she does once and again, each time casting them out over the precipice, and then again taking and carrying them.
He stirs up your nest. He disappoints your hopes. He brings down your confidence. He makes you fear and tremble, as all your strength fails and you feel utterly weary and helpless. And all the while He is spreading His strong wings for you to rest your weakness on, and offering His everlasting Creator-strength to work in you. All He asks is that you sink down your weariness and wait on Him. Allow Him in His Jehovah-strength to carry you as you ride upon the wings of His omnipotence. –Andrew Murray, Waiting On God, pg. 85